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I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world - when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox - Edward Jenner

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Remembering smallpox eradication

I never really knew smallpox but for many people around the world during the 1960's and 70's, the word smallpox inspired fear. It led to death and serious illnesses, and for some survivors, blindness or disfiguring scars that lasted a lifetime.

For me, thinking about smallpox eradication brings back a childhood memory of my dad being away for three months in Bangladesh as a "smallpox warrior". A pediatrician, epidemiologist, and vaccine researcher, he spent August to October 1975 in Rajshahi District of Bangladesh organizing surveillance for cases of "variola major" - the deadliest form of smallpox - and the immunization campaigns required to contain it and snuff it out.

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